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Honor law enforcement with ribbons

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I am writing in regard to the tragic loss of Officer Moore of Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

Officer Moore gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life while on duty protecting and serving the community of Indianapolis.

In his passing, as with 10 other police officers across this country last weekend, we should all be grateful for our law enforcement every day they put on that uniform.

Yes, I too was a police officer and as those today and in my day, it was just as important to help serve the community as to protect the people.

I would like to ask all persons and merchants to fly the flag at half-staff until 9 a.m., Feb. 6, 2011, not only for Officer Moore, but to show support, respect and honor to all law enforcement, city, county and state as a way to say thank you for your service.

I would also like to see blue ribbons being worn and would hope all agencies would allow law enforcement to make the blue ribbon a permanent part of the uniform, not only for a tribute, for more seriously, a reminder to each officer on a daily basis to take that extra time when arriving on a call, or routine pull over to ensure their safety.

The ribbon put on every day would be a reminder of what danger they may face during a shift.

As a result of the tragedy in Arizona and Officer Moore's passing and other law enforcement being shot or killed last weekend, there are "new cries" for more gun control and regulations to be placed on law abiding Americans.

I used to tell citizens it made no difference how many locks or how secure they made their property, the lawless will always find a way to break-in. Same is true with guns.

The lawless who have the intent and willingness to do other's harm, will find a way through stealing weapons from homes, stores or from a back alley dealer as the innocent will always abide by the law.

The general public has no concept as to what an emotional rollercoaster an officer goes through in one day.

From accidents, to infant deaths to many other calls, and from time dispatched to arrival, any call can accelerate to very serious or dangerous and an officer only has a matter of seconds to view the area, threat and make a decision on how to deal with the situation.

These decisions last a lifetime as you always second guess the ones that went wrong.

The only asset an officer may have is military service, such as Terry Slivers, myself, who had to face bullets coming at you and staying calm to perform the task at hand, as I always said, it is more important to know when to shoot as well as how to shoot.

When faced with the idea to have to shoot another human is very hard, you hope instinct will kick in, but depending on how raised in back of mind, anyone may hesitate, allowing the suspect to count on that and opportunity to shoot you first.

I feel if any officer puts on a ribbon or something to remind them of the danger out there, even more so now than in the past, it may help them not fall into a trap we all have done, by doing the same routine, or being complacent in a daily shift, as well as getting relaxed when answering calls, like barking dogs (officer shot in back six times in Indianapolis, 1988), or a car fire, only to find out the owner set said fire and had been drinking, and used drugs and then came at me with a knife.

It took all the firemen and myself to subdue the subject.

In closing, as with our constitution of Freedom, we all take for granted, it is there and all law enforcement will be there when needed, but never say thank you or never think to have an appreciation day to honor all law enforcement, and even my time was 30 years ago, I still feel all officers are still brothers in arms today, as well as in the military.

No matter what brand, you are still brothers in arms.

I want to end giving a big thank you to all officers, city, county and state who wear the uniform every day to protect and serve all of us.